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During a conversation this fall, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak asked infield guru, former third baseman, secret weapon and longtime coach Jose Oquendo about Gorman’s progress this season. at second base. Oquendo said that was enough to handle the speed of play at the majors. Mozeliak said he considered the criticism he needed to hear for Gorman to continue in the new position. One of the spring’s most improved hitters, Gorman continued to advance to second base in his Arizona Fall League tour. Like Skip Schumaker before him, Gorman has the advantage of a strong arm and everything to go second and compensate as he increases his instincts and footwork. Oh, and he’s one of the top power prospects in the miners who, with a sharp approach, reduced his strikeout rate. Cue the compositions of Dan Uggla. Gorman, ranked No. 3 a year ago, hit Class AAA last season, shone in Arizona and finished the regular season with 25 homers to go with 20 doubles, a .481 slugging percentage, an .814 OPS and 115 strikeouts in 480 at bats.

BA quote: “Gorman is on track … (to hit) 30-35 home runs a year.”

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